I've had multiple sources tell me this, John Paxson didn't
just shove or whatever, he punched or tried to punch Vinny twice in
(from the poster)
He goes on to say that he thinks the Bulls have to clean out
the front office. Also that the Bulls players publicly backing Vinny
means that they're taking his side and would rather have him than Pax
and the front office guys.
Mike McGraw chimes in that VDN decision will be need Monday or Tuesday:
As he meets with Bulls chairman Jerry
Reinsdorf this weekend, Vinny Del Negro can make a logical argument
that he deserves to finish out his contract and coach the team for one
more season. A decision on the coach's future is expected to arrive
Monday or Tuesday.
The Bulls set a goal of getting better
defensively this season and delivered, finishing third in the league in
opponents' field-goal percentage.
the organization, there is confidence that Paxson and Del Negro have
already moved past their spat. But perception will be important.
According to sources, the team is trying to keep an open mind, and
firing Del Negro is not written in stone. The final answer will be
I sort of agree with Bucher's take on the subject that the players are backing Vinny rather than management, and at this point. However the players were asked leading questions. They're not going to throw the present coach under the bus until after he's gone, and even then, they'd probably only praise the new coach.
However, I do think the players probably side with Vinny on this issue and I think you need to shake things up management wise. Maybe Gar Forman can stay, but I think John Paxson needs to go purely for the perception reason.
I've always backed Paxson's job performance, but this is starting to become a Krausian type of deal here. Players in the NBA are hesitant about him as are the players on our own team. That's not going to fly going into this particular off-season which is so important.
We'll never know for sure, but there's definitely a chance the media blow up of this spat will hurt our odds of landing a free agent, and that could be cleared up by letting Paxson go.
As for Vinny, I've said in other places I think he's done a solid job. I think he'll be a good coach in the long run, and I'd be okay keeping him. You do need to find out whether he's going to hurt you in free agency though. I wouldn't be looking to let a player hire a coach (unless that player is LeBron, because quite frankly, I'd do anything to get LeBron in here), but if you find out our coach is hurting us then finding a new coach might be a better sell regardless of who it is.
It will be interesting to see how this all shakes out, but I predict VDN is gone while Paxson will stay. I think if Paxson felt he was hurting the team he would step down regardless of what Reinsdorf wants, but so far there hasn't been any media pressure to force the issue.